Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alabama Picked to Finish Fourth in SEC Media Poll

SEC Media Days was held in Nashville today. Avery Johnson traveled with Braxton Key and Dazon Ingram to take part in the event. The media released their preseason poll, and All-Conference teams. Alabama was picked to finish fourth, and Collin Sexton was selected to the preseason All-Conference second team.

The complete poll.

1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Texas A&M
4. Alabama
5. Missouri
6. Arkansas
7. Vanderbilt
8. Georgia
9. Auburn
10. Ole Miss
11. South Carolina
12. Mississippi State
13. Tennessee
14. LSU

Quick thoughts: I don't think Kentucky is the runaway favorite they've been in recent years. I understand that it's the safe choice for the media to choose the Wildcats, but the rest of the league, at least for this season, appears to have taken a step closer to the Wildcats. Missouri is intriguing, but I'm a little more skeptical of the Tigers than the media appears to be. No doubt they should be improved, but so is the league. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are probably better this season than 10th and 12th. Auburn is also probably picked too low relative to their talent, but I get it in the wake of the Chuck Person mess.

The All-SEC First Team:

KeVaughn Allen - Florida
Yante Maten - Georgia
Hamidou Diallo - Kentucky
Michael Porter, Jr. - Missouri
Robert Williams - Texas A&M

Second Team:

Collin Sexton - Alabama
Kevin Knox - Kentucky
Terence Davis - Ole Miss
Deandre Burnett - Ole Miss
Quinndary Weatherspoon - Mississippi State
Tyler Davis - Texas A&M
Matthew Fisher-Davis - Vanderbilt

SEC Player of the Year [Tie]

Yante Maten - Georgia
Michael Porter, Jr. - Missouri
Robert Williams - Texas A&M

A few more things to talk about. Recruiting never stops. Yes, the 2017 class has been lauded. The 2018 class is off to a great start with Jared Butler committing. The 2019 class looks like it could be a big one. Avery and his staff are busy forming relationships with players in that class. D.J. Jeffries - a 5-star forward from Olive Branch, MS - mentioned in the linked article that he is planning a visit to Alabama. He has some positive things to say about the program. Hit the link to read more.

Trendon Watford - a priority recruit for Alabama in the class of 2019 - is writing a blog for USA Today High School Sports. In his first post, he writes about a range of topics from his recruitment, his upcoming high school season, and the college basketball scandal. It's worth a read. Hit the link to check it out.

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